Higher Education



List of the world's top female futurists (Update #3) - Ross Dawson

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I find I am frequently asked where all the female futurists are. The discussion on why the profession of futurist appears to be so male-dominated has grown in recent years. I know many outstanding female futurists, so whenever I am asked I point to a range of exceptional futurists to show that ther...


Learn About Artificial Intelligence While You Get an MBA

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"AI is transforming everything about the way the world does business, so any aspiring business leader will be better prepared by understanding where we're headed," Josh Tyler, executive vice president of engineering and design at Course Hero, an online learning platform, said via email.


Thailand 4.0: Rise of the machines?

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A woman glumly considers her chances of expanding knowledge and skills for a rapidly changing world at the facilities of TCDC Resource Center, one spot to get help. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu) The Fourth Industrial Revolution is at our doorstep, with artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automat...


Undergrads gain experience in energy sector with MITEI member companies

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MIT undergraduates who interned with MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) member companies in summer 2017 had the chance to work abroad on a wide range of energy projects, from analyzing fuel additives to evaluating how new technologies might transform energy markets. Along the way, the interns -- all par...


Quizlet Raises $20 Million to Bring More Artificial Intelligence to Its Study Tools - EdSurge News

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Big numbers are nothing new to Quizlet, one of the most widely-used digital study tools in the United States. The San Francisco-based developer behind the platform claims more than 30 million monthly users, including 1 in 2 high schoolers, and 1 in 3 college students, in the United States. And accor...


Universities in the age of AI

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BISHKEK – I was recently offered the presidency of a university in Kazakhstan that focuses primarily on business, economics, and law, and that teaches these subjects in a narrow, albeit intellectually rigorous, way. I am considering the job, but I have a few conditions. What I have proposed is to t...


Neural Networks Allow Us to 'Read Faces' in a New Way

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Neural networks have made technologies like facial analysis significantly more accurate in recent years. Stanford University professor Michal Kosinski is using deep neural networks to illustrate the use of facial-recognition technology for invasive monitoring, among other things. In one demonstration, Kosinski used facial analysis software called VGG-Face to extract data from approximately 35,000 headshot photos taken from a U.S. dating website, translate their attributes into a sequence of numbers, and then use a computer model to find relationships between sexuality and facial features. When presented with only one photo of each individual, the model differentiated between gay and straight men with 81-percent accuracy and with 74-percent accuracy for women, versus 61 percent and 54 percent when the task was performed by people. Kosinksi says his latest challenge is to use similar software to determine subjects' political leanings. "I'm trying to tell the public that facial analysis technologies are [already] being used by companies and governments to invade privacy at an unprecedented scale," he says.


Higher education must change to prepare Americans for artificial intelligence revolution - ScienceBlog.com

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A new national survey commissioned by Northeastern University and conducted by Gallup finds most U.S. adults have an overall positive view of artificial intelligence, but believe they are ill-prepared to deal with AI's expected impact on the global digital economy. The survey comes on the heels of numerous international studies forecasting significant job loss resulting from AI. Overall, 22 percent of Americans with a bachelor's degree or higher level of education say their college or university studies prepared them well or very well to work with AI. Moreover, only 18 percent are extremely confident they could secure the education needed to obtain a comparable job should they lose their current position to advances in new technology. "The answer to greater artificial intelligence is greater human intelligence," said Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun. "The AI revolution is an opportunity for us to reimagine higher education--to transform both what and how we teach.


Universities in the Age of AI by Andrew Wachtel

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BISHKEK – I was recently offered the presidency of a university in Kazakhstan that focuses primarily on business, economics, and law, and that teaches these subjects in a narrow, albeit intellectually rigorous, way. I am considering the job, but I have a few conditions. What I have proposed is to transform the university into an institution where students continue to concentrate in these three disciplines, but must also complete a rigorous "core curriculum" in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences – including computer science and statistics. Students would also need to choose a minor in one of the humanities or social sciences. There are many reasons for insisting on this transformation, but the most compelling one, from my perspective, is the need to prepare future graduates for a world in which artificial intelligence and AI-assisted technology plays an increasingly dominant role.